Studham Common

Studham Common is a gem in the heart of the Chilterns. For generations, it was vital to the community for livestock grazing and firewood. Today, it is just as important for general well-being, as a place of beauty and a haven for wildlife. The Common’s varied habitats support an impressive range of flora and fauna which includes rare species such as skylarks, hazel dormice and wild orchids. Its haymeadows give a spectacular display of wildflowers and grasses in the summer and provide a great habitat for butterflies, other insects and nesting birds. Historically, things were bleaker. Wartime ploughing of the grasslands caused the loss of many native plants and, in the absence of livestock grazing, invasive plants like bracken took over, crowding everything else out. The Friends of Studham Common was formed in 1997 to restore this neglected green space, with support from the landowners, Central Bedfordshire Council. Guided by expert conservationists, its volunteers have restored and replanted hedgerows, reclaimed lost grasslands and woodland glades, re-opened footpaths and bridleways and installed nesting boxes to encourage wildlife. In 2011 the Common entered the Higher Level Stewardship scheme, which supports our efforts to enhance its biodiversity. Chairman of the Friends, Geoff Shute, said; “I’ve spent many happy hours on the Common, photographing its natural beauty, getting involved in conservation work and enjoying the annual May Fair. Come and see for yourselves! A friendly welcome and a guided walk leaflet await you at the village pubs; an excellent way to start your visit.”

Park Facilities

Football Pitch
Free parking
Parking
Public Transport Links
Walking Routes
Wildlife
Wildflower Area
Green Flag Award
Community Winner
Managing Organisation
Friends of Studham Common
Contact
Paul Tearle
Telephone
01582 872 073